Top 10 Things to Do in the Denver/Boulder Area
This year the World Aquatic HealthTM Conference will take place in the illustrious Mile High City - Denver, Colorado. The host hotel, Omni Interlocken, is located between Denver and Boulder in Broomfield, known for its beautiful scenery. As we get closer to October 18th, let’s review the top ten things to do in the area of this year’s WAHC.
1. Flatiron Crossing Mall (Broomfield)
The Flatiron Crossing Mall is in a perfect location from the WAHC’s host hotel, so much so that the Omni Interlocken offers a free shuttle there! You have your usual stores and restaurants in a clean and safe environment. Unlike other malls across the country that are slowly on their way, the Flatiron Crossing Mall is bursting with life and shops. Learn more about the mall now!
2. The Flatirons (Boulder)
For a breathtaking view that you’ll only see in one place, the Flatirons is most certainly the go-to place to visit while attending the WAHC. They are the striking, slanted, reddish-brown sandstone formations that are a part of Boulder’s foothills on the west side of town. They are the most iconic landmark in the area, and are even splattered on logos and artwork throughout the town.
These geological formations are nearly 300 million years old! Learn more about their history, ways to explore and some insider’s tips here.
3. Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver)
Two unforgettable locations offer a variety of activities including children’s gardens, a science pyramid, a dairy farm, guided tours, and bird watching. York Street will have two upcoming events while you’re in town for #WAHC2017. Learn more about upcoming events now and visit Denver Botanical Gardens at York Street or Chatfield Farms - or both!
4. Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)
The city’s hub for dining, arts, and shopping is a must see for visitors of Boulder, CO. There are more than 1,000 businesses that line this pedestrian-only, red-brick road that spans along Pearl Street from 9th to 21st Street. The walk is described as “nestled between the mountains and reality” while nearly everything is locally owned. Take your stab at a restaurant, brewery, or diverse list of shops. No matter where you go, you will be treated to musicians and performers throughout the corners of Pearl Street.
5. Eldorado Canyon (Boulder)
Eldorado Canyon is a hidden treasure in Boulder’s backyard, perfect for every dare devil out there. Hiking amidst the sandstone cliffs can seem like a towering feat, but picnic spots are also available along the scenic South Boulder Creek. With over 500 technical rock climbing routes, every climber will want to take a challenge at Eldorado Canyon.
6. Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour (Denver)
“Stranahan’s is proud to call Colorado home. We have been making single malt whiskey in Denver for over a decade and we can’t think of any other place we would rather be distilling. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies we are able to source some of the finest ingredients the American West has to offer including the award winning spring water we use to cut our whiskey to proof. Whether you are a Colorado native, or just visiting our city for a day, we welcome you to join us at our distillery for a tour, tasting, or cocktail in our new lounge. We’d love to show you how we make Stranahan’s, and pour you a dram.” ---Stranahan.com
Whiskey lovers alike won’t want to miss out on Colorado’s little slice of heaven. Learn more about their tours here.
7. Chautauqua Park (Boulder)
Wow. If you want to see the true beauty of America, when it comes to mountains open fields, Chautauqua Park is going to be a perfect trip for you. From quiet picnic areas to rowdy playgrounds, visitors could spend an entire day between hiking trails, demonstration gardens, and bike routes. You can even see our #2 item, the Flatirons, in certain hikes from the park. Learn more about the Chautauqua area now.
8. Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science (Denver)
History buffs and science nerds will have to make time for a day at the Museum of Nature and Science while attending #WAHC2017. Dino lovers can check out the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit in October, but there is just so much to do at this museum that we can’t even list it here! Visit their website now.
9. Bike Tours (Boulder)
Do you love biking? The people of Boulder love biking too! You can bike to farm tours, on the mountain and roads, or throughout the city of Boulder. Boulderbiketours.com provides diverse options, experience & value, beautiful destinations, easy booking, the best guides, and even a passion for travel.
10. Denver Zoo (Denver)
Will you be bringing the family along to the WAHC? If so, you need to make time for the Denver Zoo! Along with an array of animals from around the world, October zoo-goers will also get to attend “Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo” that runs until the end of the month. The additional exhibit is included in admission. Take the kiddies through a jungle of prehistoric and today’s beasts. Open every day, the zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals that represent 650 species. With numerous animal shows and feedings, as well as interactive exhibits, it's no wonder Denver Zoo is one of Colorado's top cultural attractions.
Honorable Mentions Denver
- Mount Evans or Mount Evans Scenic Byway
- Denver Art Museum
- Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
- Union Station
- Coors Field
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown House Museum
Honorable Mentions Boulder
- Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art
- Boulder Creek Path
- Coffee & Tea Tours
- Mount Sanitas Trail
- Boulder County Farmer’s Market